Graduate Diploma in Project Management
You’re considered an International student if you are a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand.
Project management is recognised as a highly valued discipline in its own right. Organisations have come to rely on specialist project managers, with excellent practical skills and theoretical knowledge, to plan and deliver projects on time, within budget and to specifications.
In this qualification you will learn transferable project management principles and knowledge that you can then apply across a broad range of industries. Your studies will cover the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK® Guide). It is the international industry-standard approach to project management.
If you wish to go on to further study, please consider the Master of Project Management.
This is Australia’s original postgraduate project management qualification, established in 1976. Our lecturers and tutors come from both academia and industry. They are successful project management experts, with mature knowledge and skills.
Over the course of your study you will learn the fundamentals of project management, including:
You will get expert and advanced teaching that focuses on global government and industry best practice. It is applicable to almost any professional area.
UniSA’s project management qualifications are endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), the longest-serving body for project management in Australia. With over 10,000 members they are recognised by Australian business, industry and government as the key promoter, developer and leader in project management professionalism.
Many of our lecturers are industry practitioners who apply professional practice, highly relevant industrial experiences and practical case studies to their teaching. You may also discover that most of your peers are mature professionals with considerable and continuing practical experience and insights to share.
If you’re a working professional, you may choose to study online through our partnership with Open Universities Australia, a national leader in online higher education. Visit: open.edu.au/courses/unisa.
With a Graduate Diploma in Project Management, you’ll be well qualified to apply for roles such as Project Manager, Project Officer or Project Consultant. These professionals are employed in diverse areas such as:
Project Management at UniSA is offered as a series of courses at post graduate level; and a choice of industry-specific specialisations. These courses teach transferable project management principles and knowledge that can be applied across a broad range of industries. The course that you choose will depend upon your career needs, your academic qualifications and your previous professional experience.
For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.
Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:
Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.
Take a look at the global opportunities available.
You will benefit from access to our renowned Natural and Built Environments Research Centre (NBERC), and in particular the Smart and Healthy Communities research strand.
Our researchers work in partnership with industry; local council; government; charitable, not-for-profit and social organisations; media; communities; and other research organisations to address the knowledge gaps and problems of our natural and built environments. The aim is to develop equitable and just, healthy, safe, thriving and sustainable communities. Research includes:
|Course name||Area and cat no.||Units||Reference|
|First Semester (Study Period 2)|
|Principles of Project Management||BUSS 5142||4.5||Note(s): 1|
|Project Risk Management||BUSS 5070||4.5||Note(s): 1|
|Procurement and Contract Management||BUSS 5143||4.5|
|Project Governance and Ethics||BUSS 5387||4.5|
|Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)|
|Project Control Methods||BUSS 5163||4.5||Note(s): 1|
|Project Leadership and Teams||BUSS 5102||4.5||Note(s): 1|
|Economic, Social and Environmental Analysis||BUSS 5328||4.5|
|Students choose one of the following courses:|
|Professional Practice Project||BUSS 5406||4.5||Note(s): 3|
|Masters Research Theory and Practice||ENGG 5020||4.5||Note(s): 3|
As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.
Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.
Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.
International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist.
We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.
Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.
How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.